Hampton School joined forces with Lady Eleanor Holles (LEH) to host the annual Independent State Schools Partnership (ISSP) Music Day, when over 130 musicians from seven local schools came together to enjoy a wonderful day of music making.
Pupils from Hampton High, Hollyfield School, Orleans Park School, Tolworth Girls’ School and Waldegrave School joined pupils from Hampton and LEH for a day of orchestral and choral workshops. In addition to the large choir and orchestra, the young musicians also enjoyed rehearsing in a range of ensembles including String, Woodwind and Brass.
After hours of rehearsals, the day culminated in an evening concert for family and friends. Pupils from our partner schools kicked off proceedings, with a fantastic performance from the Hampton High rock band followed by a range of superb soloists. The combined choir entertained the Hammond Theatre audience with What was I made for? by Billie Eilish and a montage of well-known Queen songs. The Wind Ensemble performed Encanto from composer Robert Smith, which opened with a distinctive full-brass fanfare, while the String Ensemble gave a toe-tapping rendition of tango composer Piazzolla’s Libertango. The orchestra then came together for a superb performance of Bizet’s iconic Toreador’s Song from the opera Carmen.
A rousing rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday from the musical Sunday in the Park with George saw the combined choir and orchestra join forces for the joyful culmination of a wonderful day of music making – with over 130 pupils from all seven schools coming together to showcase their mutual love of music.
Mr James Ferrier, Music teacher and organiser of the event, was delighted with the pupils’ hard work and creativity throughout the day:
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It was an absolute pleasure to welcome so many talented musicians for our ISSP Music Day – it’s not very often that you get to perform as part of such a huge ensemble! I was incredibly impressed with the quality of musicianship on display, and I hope that the pupils enjoyed getting to know their like-minded peers from different schools. Bring on next year’s event!